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The Songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony And The Johnsons (Diversions Vol. 1) - Live From the Union Chapel, London

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The Songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony And The Johnsons (Diversions Vol. 1) - Live From the Union Chapel, London album cover
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Bird Guhl
3:57  
02
Man Is the Baby
5:43  
03
You Are My Sister
5:56  
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For Today I Am a Boy
4:06  
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Paddy's Gone
4:13  
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Spiralling
4:41  
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Stay Tuned
4:43  
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Dondestan
3:18  
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Lullaby for Hamza
3:44  
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Lisp Service
3:11  
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Free Will and Testament
5:03  
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Out of the Blue
4:11  
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Cuckoo Madame
5:15  
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Sea Song
6:59  
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Forest (Excerpt)
2:51  
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Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 67:51

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Ian Gittins is a music writer for the Guardian who has also written for Melody Maker, Q, Time Out, MTV, Daily Telegraph and New York Times. He is the co-author

11.29.11
A live souvenir of two evenings in London
2011 | Label: RabbleRouser Music / Cadiz

Based around the keening, dramatically interwoven harmonies of sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, spectral British folk band the Unthanks won a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their 2007 debut The Bairns (recorded under their previous moniker of Rachel Unthank and the Winterset) and have since enchanted and enthralled an ever-widening fan base. They have never been shy of voyaging beyond the traditional folk canon, having sung songs by artists as various as Tom Waits and… read more »

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Songs of Robert Wyatt and Anthony and the Johnsons

Grumpyian

Becky and Rachel could sing the telephone directory and it would be wonderful but even better, they have chosen to record these songs - Adrian's idea by the sound of it! The result is a beautiful live recording which does full credit to the two songwriters whose quirky material encourages repeat listening. Download and enjoy - thank you emusic!

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Turn off download manager

remittanceman

and save the tracks individually. Finally managed to get this downloaded. It's a good album, as a massive fan of all 3 artists (Wyatt, Antony and Unthanks), I was really looking forward to this. Shame the Anthony songs overlook albums 2 and 3 entirely. As the arrangements are close to the original I think these versions are found wanting but the Wyatt ones are great.

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Can't even listen

Fretlessbass

I have not even been able to listen to samples of this album, even after having just downloaded the latest download manager (5.04). C'mon e-music, you need to get things sorted.

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Enveloping and absorbing

timothy.d.hill

Haunted, reverent, rapturous, powerful: I just can't overstate how all-encompassing and overwhelming this album is. The singers' catch-at-the-back-of-the-throat voices leap effortlessly from the gut-wrenching to the ethereal. The effect of two women reinterpreting Antony & the Johnson's music is disconcerting, but they open up new meanings on it - and it's hard to imagine Robert Wyatt finding a greater interpreter. At first I found the chat and audience interaction distracting and a little annoying - but it's necessary when the album is heard as a whole, just because the territory they're exploring is so powerful. I can't get enough. For me, far and away the best album of 2011. Thanks, Unthanks.

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quirky fun

rendrag

The Unthanks are traditionally great entertainers and musicians - "that wasn't much like fold music..." at one point - no - but it's a great combination

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the Unthanks break new ground

music4thesoul

as perfect an album as you will ever listen to - there are cover songs and there is the Unthanks covering Wyatt and Hegarty and they do it perfectly. Being live there is some great "filler" chat amongst the band and involving the audience. Feels like one could almost be there - this is going to be played to death.

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outstanding

inkerr

i've only managed one run through of this album but i''m sure its going to be one i'll be returning to very soon. it's just a great listen. (no problems with downloading by the way.)

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Frustrating

Guernseydave

Still not working for me, makes no difference downloading individual tracks. I emailed eMusic several days ago, no word back, very disappointing.

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Possible Solution to Download Problems!

glyn.everett

I just tried downloading each song individually (rather than the album as a whole), and it worked fine - I'd advise everyone else tries doing the same thing. Just make sure you scroll down to get tracks 14 & 15!

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Download FAIL

glyn.everett

I'm in the same situation as most of you, and no uninstalling & reinstalling didn't work - and now it doesn't allow Retry & only offer Repurchase. eMusic FAIL - c'mon guys!